On this day: May 21

Published: May 20 2013 11:42:10 PM EDT   Updated On: May 21 2015 02:00:00 AM EDT

The American Red Cross is established, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart complete their historic trans-Atlantic flights, Bogey and Bacall get hitched, and Susan Lucci finally strikes Emmy gold, all on this day.

OTD May 21 - Lou Pearlman
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2008: Lou Pearlman, the one-time manager of the boy bands Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, is sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges in connection with a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of $300 million. Pearlman had pleaded guilty to one count each of money laundering and using false statements in a bankruptcy proceeding, and two counts of conspiracy.

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